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ABIDJAN CONVENTION SECRETARIAT

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ABIDJAN 23 June 2015 - The Abidjan Convention Secretariat and a tripartite body, known as the Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance, ended their two-day scoping workshop Sunday on ways to start a working group on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas located beyond national jurisdiction.

The tripartite body comprises the United Nations Environment Programme, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, and the Paris-based Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations.

 

 

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ABIDJAN CONVENTION SECRETARIAT

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ABIDJAN 23 May 2015 - Marine specialists of the Abidjan Convention meet in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 26-29 May to amend a draft protocol on environmental standards for offshore oil and gas exploration and exploitation in West, Central and Southern Africa.

The meeting will be the third and last by regional experts drawing up the draft, after which it will be sent to each Convention signatory for national consultations. After consultations are complete, the draft protocol will be tabled for adoption before ministers of the environment at the Abidjan Convention’s next Conference of Parties due in 2017. If adopted, it would bring to three the total number of protocols of the Convention. Others are under preparation.

The protocol on environmental standards for offshore oil and gas exploration is timely in view of the recent surge in offshore exploration and drilling in the Convention area. Some of the oilfields are in ultra-deep areas. The Convention area already boasts African oil-producing majors Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Congo. Ghana started producing oil in 2013; discoveries offshore have been made at the marine border of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal and other areas. Such activity increases the risk of oil spills and the corresponding damage that would cause to marine and coastal habitats, and people. It is to avert this possibility - or to limit damage and undertake clean-up when they occur - that the standards are being established.

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ABIDJAN CONVENTION SECRETARIAT

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CONTACT:  Mr. Abou Bamba, Regional Coordinator, Abidjan Convention/UNEP

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WEBSITE: http://abidjanconvention.org/

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Contact : M. Abou Bamba , coordonnateur régional , Convention d'Abidjan / PNUE

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Conférence sur le domaine maritime Africain

PORT ELIZABETH, Afrique du Sud  10 Nov 2014 - A un mois de la célébration de l’anniversaire de la mort du père de la Nation arc-en-ciel, Nelson Mandela, s’est ouverte hier la Conférence sur le Domaine Maritime Africain dans la Province du Cap Oriental en République d’Afrique du Sud.

L’honorable Phumulo Masualle, Premier Ministre de cette province a procédé à l’ouverture de la conférence en présence du Ministre de l’Environnement de la République des Seychelles, Peter Sinon, hôte de marque de cet important évènement dont le thème principal porte sur l’économie bleue en Afrique.

Dans son exposé liminaire, Derrick SAWARTZ, Vice-Doyen de la Nelson Mandela Meptropolitan University, hôte de la conférence, a mis l’accent sur la nécessité pour l’Afrique de disposer d’un document stratégique pour la gouvernance des océans. Ce document devrait promouvoir le renforcement des capacités humaines et institutionnelles sur le continent. En outre, il devrait s’articuler autour des secteurs majeurs suivants : le transport maritime, la gouvernance, le tourisme, la pollution, la pêche, l’énergie, etc.

1. Participant à la conférence au nom de la Convention d’Abidjan, M. Abou BAMBA, Coordonnateur Régional, a plaidé notamment pour :

Une meilleure connaissance de l’état des ressources marines et côtières ainsi que leur valeur économique, de la façade atlantique du continent ;

Une Gouvernance des océans dont le but ultime serait de réduire la pauvreté et améliorer le bien-être des populations;

Une coopération technique et scientifique basée sur des expériences à succès observées ailleurs dans le monde;

La Convention d’Abidjan en tant qu’unique cadre politique, institutionnel et juridique s’impose comme un instrument approprié pour la mise en œuvre des politiques et des programmes de gouvernance des océans à l’échelle de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, du Centre et du Sud. , Au regards de son mandat, sa couverture géographique qui s’étend sur 22 pays de la Mauritanie à l’Afrique du Sud, les protocoles sur la pollution maritime ainsi que celle d’origine tellurique, la Convention d’Abidjan apparaît comme une opportunité réelle pour l’Afrique qui entend  relever les défis posés par la gouvernance des océans, notamment ceux liés à la pêche, à l’exploration et l’exploitation des ressources minières et minérales offshore, à la protection du milieu marin et côtier ainsi que la responsabilité et l’indemnisation/réparation des dommages causés au milieu marin. Dans sa conclusion, M. BAMBA a fait savoir que « si l’Afrique a manqué les révolutions agricoles, industrielles ainsi que celles des technologies de l’information mais ne devrait en aucun cas est absente du rendez-vous de la révolution bleue synonyme de développement et de progrès social et économique ».

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Convention d’Abidjan

GRAND LAHOU, Côte d’Ivoire, 13 June 2014 - The Abidjan Convention joined the Ivorian Ministry of Environment Friday in celebrating World Environment and Ocean Days by donating cleaning and other material to three needy primary schools in the coastal town of Grand Lahou.

“This is a symbolic contribution to encourage to schoolchildren to clean their environment,” Patricia Meledje, the Abidjan Convention programme assistant, said when handing over the material.


Photo credit: Abidjan Convention Secretariat/Emeka Okoye
Abidjan Convention Programme Assistant Patricia Meledje presents Secretariat’s contribution to selectesd schools in Grand Lahou. To her left is Georges Kouadio, director general of the Ministry of Environment.

The donated wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, hoes, garbage and watering cans, tee-shirts, caps and umbrellas were handed to the local organizers at the ceremony in the town marking World Ocean Day. The items were for distribution to Arsene Assouan Usher High School, primary schools Groupe Scolaire Lahou 2 and Lahou Kpanda primary schools.

In Côte d’Ivoire, the world environment and ocean days are commemorate simultaneously due to the proximity of dates and for greater public impact. As with 2013, “Together we have the power to protect the ocean” was this year’s theme for the event marked worldwide on 8 June. World Environment Day is celebrated 5 June and, this year, under the theme “Raise you voice and not the level of the sea.”

This year’s celebrations here were deferred due to the government’s conflicting schedule.Dignitaries at this event included Abidjan Convention Regional Coordinator Abou Bamba; United Nations Industrial Development Organization representative Doris Hribernigg; other ranking officials of the Ministry of Environment; National Assembly member and Mayor of for Grand Lahou Jean Djaya; as well as traditional chiefs of Grand Lahou’s environ.

At the ceremony, held on the premises of Town Hall, Environment Minister Remi Allah Kouadio, told some 500 attendees that Grand Lahou had been chosen for this year’s commemoration because it exemplified of the gravity of the country’s coastal erosion. He said the public needed to be made aware of the problem, which was the government was determined to tackle.

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ABIDJAN CONVENTION SECRETARIAT

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WEBSITE: http://abidjanconvention.org/

ABIDJAN  -  4 April – The Abidjan Convention and the Regional Network of Marine Protected Areas in West Africa (RAMPAO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) 21 March to, marking the start of cooperation in the conservation, protection and management of marine  protected areas and biodiversity in West Africa.

The memorandum was signed on behalf of the Abidjan Convention Secretariat by the director of UNEP’s Division of Environment Policy Implementation, Elizabeth Mrema, and RAMPAO President Aboubacar Oulare. The brief ceremony took place in Cape Town, South Africa, at the end of the 11 Conference of  Contracting Parties to the Convention for Cooperation in the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of the West, Central and Southern Africa Region (the Abidjan Convention). Read More

ABIDJAN  - 4 April – The Abidjan Convention and the Regional Fisheries Committee for the Gulf of Guinea, or COREP, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) 21 March to, kick-starting cooperation in the sustainable management of fishing and fishery habits in the Central Africa area.

The memorandum was signed on behalf of the Abidjan Convention Secretariat by the director of UNEP’s Division of Environment Policy Implementation, Elizabeth Mrema, and COREP Executive Secretary Emile Essema. The brief ceremony took place in Cape Town, South Africa, at the end of the 11 Conference of  Contracting Parties to the Convention for Cooperation in the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of the West, Central and Southern Africa Region (the Abidjan Convention). Read More

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On January 22-24 2014 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) convened the first meeting of the Panel of Experts on Ocean Governance for Africa, arranged by the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention and hosted in Cape Town, South Africa by the International Ocean Institute - Southern Africa (IOI-SA). The meeting aimed to address some of the most pressing challenges to the African continent such as poverty alleviation, security issues (including food), and the impacts of climate change by tackling existing obstacles related to use of ocean goods and services and putting in place a Roadmap to an African Summit on the Governance of the Oceans Read More